New Hovering Weapon

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mcarnes, Dec 9, 2008.

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    gilkisson

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    I sooo want one. No idea why, or what practical purpose... I just want one. maybe that would get rid of the damn seagulls...
     
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    Oh good god, technology has now reached the stage where it's now blowing my mind, guess it's a sign I'm getting old...

    How on earth does that thing stabilise itself so well... I'm scared to think that in a dodgy deal, those could be sold to an enemy then unleashed in a busy city area...
     
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    awesome! at first i thought it was rendered. That thing sure is loud tho.
     
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    But think of the commercial uses. It could be loaded up with sunblock and let loose on a beach full of glowing tourists. Or gravy at Thanksgiving.
     
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    I saw that yesterday. I did feel bad when they kicked it. This was one of the best robot demos I have ever seen.
     
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    For some reason, the dog bothers me.

    The hovering weapon, OTOH, is way cool! :)
     
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    Big-TDI-Guy

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    Wow, I can't believe that video is public!

    Seriously. That's a closed program. :eek: :confused:
     
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    LOL!


    The hovering craft is awesome. Let's just hope that if the AI goes rogue, they are still loud enough for us to know when they are coming! :eek:
     
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    Am I the only one that thinks the hovering weapon in the video looks computer generated?
     
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    It would have to have a kick@$$ physics engine to use for generating it.
     
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    Big-TDI-Guy

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    It's not computer generated.

    Its also not a hovering weapon. It is a steering apparatus for a thing. ;)
     
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    The fact that this military video has surfaced, which is something I think they'd want to keep secret, makes me wonder if it's a hoax. This will probably scare the poo out of everybody, which is what I think they're going for.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    If it's not a weapon what is it doing? I mean, to the general public I would say it looks as though it is shooting.

    Whatever it is, it's wicked cool and I want one.
     
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    Mmmmm, don't think so. Think of the "friendly fire" deaths that would result at a beach.

    It looks like it's designed to be transported into a room full of nasty people, then launched. That's why it achieves chest-height, but no higher.

    Puts me in mind of Black Sunday, but on a much smaller scale.
     
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    Big-TDI-Guy

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    It's a great way to steer things in space.

    Say, a type of missile, that had to rapidly adjust course in order to intercept something.

    This is all strictly speculative, though. :p
     
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    This weapon just confuses me. I don't know if I should shoot it down or laugh.
     
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    I don't think it's a big secret.

    It is an interceptor for inbound missles.

    Essentially this thing hovers in front of a missle and the impact destroys the warhead.

    This was the 1st test of interceptor. To be able to demonstrate a stable hover in an atmosphere (or gravity - I forget which).

    The idea is that when there are multiple inbound warheads, you don't have enough missles to hit all the decoys in addition to the real warhead. If you put say 10 of these in an ICBM and get the payload close enough, these deploy and pick which target to destroy. It can obviously be used for multiple inbound missles as well.

    The point of the hovering is so that if an inbound missle changes course to evade, it can also change course quickly (counter-counter measures).
     
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    It needs a turban. From the video, I don't think I hate it enough to try to shoot it down. It needs something to make me feel paranoid.
     
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    Big-TDI-Guy

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    No Turbin, no explosives either.

    Then again, who needs explosives at 6000+ mph?
     

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